Category: Events

Niagara College Convocation: Speakers inspire new grads to “dream big”

Two inspiring speakers, one top scholar, and 1,700 new graduates were in the spotlight on June 21 as Niagara College marked day two of its Spring Convocation Ceremonies.

Graduates from the School of Business Management Studies, and School of Environmental and Horticultural Studies had an opportunity to hear from a Niagara success story John Ferguson, president and CEO of Purolator Canada, at the afternoon ceremony. Ferguson, who was born and raised in Fort Erie, told graduates it has been exactly 30 years since his own graduation.

“Thirty years ago, I was sitting exactly where you are now, with no idea that I would lead a company the size of Purolator,” he said. “If I can do this, it’s entirely possible that you will too.”

Ferguson shared guiding principles that he has learned throughout his career with the new grads.

“Class of 2017, you are starting your careers at such an exciting time. You have the education, the knowledge and the ability to do almost anything, anywhere in the world, in any industry,” he said. “Think big, be bold, create your networks, build relationships, stay true to your values, and don’t ever stop trying. Do this and amazing things will happen.”

At the morning ceremony, former deputy minister, Ontario Public Service, Deborah Newman, who is currently a distinguished visiting professor at Ryerson University, addressed new graduates from the School of Academic and Liberal Studies, and the School of Justice and Fitness Studies. She encouraged grads to “dream big,” sharing her own career journey, from the front lines of correctional services as a probation and parole officer, all the way up the ranks to the high office of deputy minister.

“Anything is possible if you have bold dreams, opportunity, passion and determination,” she said.

Her advice to the new graduates: treat others with kindness and compassion; be an agent for change by embracing diversity and inclusion; and don’t shut out those who hold a different point of view that your own.

“Your education gives you more than knowledge. It gives you the power to improve your life and the lives of others,” she said.

Both guest speakers received an Honorary Bachelor of Applied Studies.

The College’s top student Paige MacPherson, who achieved a 97.86% grade-point average, received the prestigious Governor General’s Academic Medal during the morning ceremony. MacPherson, who graduated from the Police Foundations – Advanced Standing program said she was honoured to receive the award.

“I am so glad that I took the chance, overcame my fears of leaving good things behind and came out here to NC to further my goal of becoming a police officer. I found a place that was welcoming and a program that I was so interested in,” she said. “For me, that interest made all the difference in the world for being successful in my studies. My motivation helped me to engage fully in every aspect of my experience here at NC.”

View media release about Governor General’s Academic Award winner here:

http://www.niagaracollege.ca/blog/2017/06/20/head-class-top-grad-achieves-97-86-average-dreams-meaningful-service/

Niagara College celebrated a record number of graduates – more than 4,600 – at its 2017 spring convocation ceremonies held from June 20 to 23 at the Welland Campus.

Entrepreneurship Challenge Competition

This year the School of Business was invited to participate in the 2nd Annual Entrepreneurship Challenge presented by the School of Business, Hospitality and Environment.

8 student teams representing 6 different programs including: Bachelor of Business Hospitality, Event Management, Golf Management, Hospitality & Tourism, Sales and Marketing and Sports Management competed in this business pitch competition.  Each team had 15 minutes to deliver a convincing presentation of their research and business strategy for a new business idea to a panel of industry experts. Two student teams from the Sales and Marketing program were selected to compete at this exciting event that took place on April 20, 2017

I am happy to report that the 2 teams from Sales and Marketing performed exceptionally, winning 1st and 3rd place in the competition. Congratulations to the 1st place team made up of students from Term 1 of the Sales and Marketing Program: Kiersten Gates, Ece Nur Pehlivanoglu, Ana Bilek and Firas El Zein.  The 3rd Place Team was also made up of Term 1 students from Sales and Marketing and included: David Jones, Rico Dean, Vitor Baradel and Nicholas Leduc.

The winning group won $750 and the 3rd place team received $250. In addition, all of the final teams will have an opportunity to work with NC Takeoff to help bring their idea to fruition. ​Way to go Sales and Marketing students!

Professor Terri Champion
Coordinator – Sales and Marketing Program
Niagara College School of Business
tchampion@niagaracollege.ca

VR AR and AI and How it will Disrupt Industry

Alan Smithson, CEO of MetaVRse will be coming to Niagara College on April 5th at 12:30 pm and speaking at on How Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Artificial Intelligence will Disrupt Industry in the future. MetaVRse will be bringing down AR and VR equipment so that you can experience it for yourself.

Alan Smithson is an entrepreneur and investor who has always been on the cutting edge of emerging technology. Alan invented and brought to market the SmithsonMartin Emulator DJ System featured in WIRED and used by Linkin Park and Infected Mushroom.  His latest endeavour as CEO of MetaVRse has entered him into the world of virtual and augmented reality experiences, becoming an leader in business applications for VR/AR and providing insight into this exploding field of technologies. Alan has been recognized as an industry pioneer, and was recently mentioned in an article on “10 Virtual Reality Leaders you should follow in 2016”. Equally comfortable behind a turntable or a group of Fortune 500 executives, Alan continues to evolve MetaVRse and its innovations such as the World’s First 360° Photo Booth™.

Please check @ncbusiness on Facebook for more event details.

Marketing Students at the Vanier College BDC Case Challenge

A team of three Niagara College marketing students participated in the Vanier College BDC Case Challenge in Montreal on February 10-12th 2017. This year, Niagara’s team consisted of Iris Lee and Mavis Lane from the 3 yr Bus Admin Marketing Program and Laura Hawbolt from the 2 Yr Sales and Marketing Program. The team was coached by marketing professors Malcolm Howe and Terri Champion.

This national case competition included competitors from 33 post-secondary schools across Canada in a pressure-cooker 2 day event where students have limited time to analyze and develop a full case analysis and then present to a panel of judges and an audience of their peers. ​Iris, Mavis and Laura delivered a solid presentation and impressed us all with their ability to perform well under pressure. Niagara looks forward to competing again next year in this outstanding event that brings together students from schools all across Canada.

http://www.vaniercollege.qc.ca/business-administration/official-case-challenge/​

Ontario Colleges’ Marketing Competition (OCMC)

Niagara College School of Business marketing students went head to head with students from across the province last weekend, competing at the Ontario Colleges’ Marketing Competition (OCMC), hosted by Conestoga College in Kitchener, Ontario. Niagara’s 14 member team, which included students from the 2 Yr Sales & Marketing Program and the 3 Yr Business Administration Marketing Program, took home 3 gold medals, 1 silver, a 5th place finish culminating in a 4th place overall for Niagara.  This annual competition provides marketing students with the opportunity to demonstrate their analytical, creative and presentation skills through a series of events that simulate real-world business challenges judged by industry professionals. This student-focused competition provides valuable networking and career-building opportunities for students to help prepare them for their future careers.  Niagara’s award winners included:

Mavis Lane and Iris Lee of the Bus Admin Marketing Program won 1st place in the Marketing Case Event.  Rachel Friend of the Sales & Marketing Program won 1st place in the Quiz Bowl Event. Riannon Bagnulo of the Sales & Marketing Program won 1st place in the Job Interview Event. Laura Hawbolt  of the Sales & Marketing and Mavis Lane of the Bus Admin Marketing won 2nd place in the Integrated Marketing Communications Case Event. Tyler Warden and Kaitlyn Lawrence of the Sales and Marketing Program placed 5th in the Entrepreneurship Case Event.

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Professors: Terri Champion, Coordinator – Business Sales & Marketing Program, Malcolm Howe, Coordinator – Business Administration Marketing Program, John Sustersic, E-Business & Mktg. Applications